‘He was dead’: Dortmund boss Lucien Favre defends benching Sancho

‘He was dead’: Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre defends decision to bench Jadon Sancho for draw at Freiburg as he likens their hectic schedule to ‘an English week’

  • Jadon Sancho came on after the 60th minute against Freiburg in the 2-2 draw
  • The winger was benched due to tiredness after three matches in seven days
  • A late own-goal frustrated boss Lucien Favre, who said his side made mistakes 
  • Dortmund are currently seventh in the Bundesliga, two points behind the leaders

Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre defended his decision to bench star man Jadon Sancho in the team’s draw at Freiburg, claiming the England starlet was ‘dead’ and needed a break.

Sancho, 19, still made an impact when he came off the bench just after the 60th minute and assisted a goal for Achraf Hakimi that was cancelled out by Manuel Akanji’s late own goal. 

Th ex-Manchester City youngster has had a superb start to the season for Dortmund, contributing three goals and five assists in seven Bundesliga games.  

Lucien Favre blamed the fixture congestion for Jadon Sancho’s tiredness after a 2-2 draw

Sancho started last weekend against Werder Bremen and in midweek against  Slavia Prague

However, fixture congestion meant the Freiburg match was Dortmund’s third game in seven days and Favre explained the winger was too fatigued to start the match.

‘He was dead and he needed a break because he had played all the games so far. We had an English week, he played everything,’ Favre said after the 2-2 draw.

‘He is 19 years old and it is completely normal. He knows he’s a bit tired and needs a little break. It’s not easy to do the English weeks. It’s part of it, it’s our job.’ 

Dortmund took the lead through a stunning Axel Witsel volley, but the hosts equalised early in the second half with Luca Waldschmidt getting on the score sheet.

Dortmund were  frustrated after a late own-goal meant they got their third draw of the season

After taking the lead twice in the match and failing to get three points, Favre admitted his side could have done more to win. 

‘You don’t get many chances to score. We’ve made mistakes in pressing, in conquering the ball. There was no aggressiveness,’ he said.

‘We go into the duels like this. They counter and we lose the ball unnecessarily. If we can’t intervene, we come back, if we can intervene, we have to go into the duel. Then we have to be tough for 90 or 95 minutes.’

Borussia Dortmund are currently seventh in the Bundesliga table, two points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

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